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Veterinary Malpractice?

Submitted By: Anonymous (Colorado Springs, CO)

A veterinarian refused my requested treatment for a 16 day old puppy and the puppy died. Is there such a thing as veterinary malpractice? Would I be able to get compensation for this veterinarian’s negligence? Would an attorney take a case like this? Thanks for any info you can give.

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Dear Anonymous,


We are so sorry the Puppy passed on. It seems cruel for any Doctor to refuse medical aid to a poor defenseless animal. Regrettably the law doesn’t provide compensation for deaths of puppies in this manner.

If the puppy had been a pure bred and was intended to be used for breeding purposes there is a chance an owner could receive compensation for possible lost income, commonly referred to as “economic opportunity loss.” Alas, at least the puppy had you to take care of her, even if it was for a very short time.

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The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck!


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